{May 28, 2014}   How To Defeat Time
Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Today I had a wonderful lunch with my son Jason.  Time literally stood still for us.  Remember the post I wrote earlier ‘Buying Time’?  Today I had a reminder of how true that really is.

We were so aware of every moment that it seemed like we had been lunching 2 hours and I became concerned he would be late back to work.  But when checked the time, it had only been 1 hour!  We both just started laughing.  I still stand behind the concepts of what I blogged about previously because over and over I find myself ‘defeating’ time.

When you catch yourself and ‘observe the moment’ you are in you bring awareness to that point in time….you are fully present and focused on what is happening.   The more often you do this, the closer together the gaps in time become that you are not fully present and in ‘no time’ mode.  And the length of that ‘no time’ period becomes longer and longer.

It will only be for a few seconds here and there at first but after a while you will just realize that “hey, I’m staying a lot more present now than before…when did that happen?”

Besides gaining more time, this practice also has the added benefit of the person you are communication with feeling like you are really focused and attentive on him, not on what you want to say next or what happened yesterday.  Which is important because in today’s busy world a lot of people feel like no one really has ‘time’ for them.  It helps them feel like you value them enough to ‘be there’ and pay attention to them and what they have to say. I think this would improve a lot of relationships…..how about you?

The past is gone, the future is not here.  All we have is now.  If you stay aware of what is going on as you do things, in a sense you defeat ‘time’ itself.

Thanks for listening…and practice taking ‘time’ to really be with the person you are with.


{April 19, 2014}   Blue Heron


Blue Heron

Blue Heron in Watercolor


My latest painting…Blue Heron in Watercolor.  We were strolling by the lake at the park last week and witnessed a Canadian Goose chasing a Blue Heron away from her nesting area.

Have you ever watched a Blue Heron take off into flight?  So graceful…majestic, regal.  This guy displayed such dignity as the squawking Goose frantically flapped after him.

Are you a Canadian Goose – or a Blue Heron?  How do you handle stressful challenges in your life…frantically or with control?

{April 13, 2014}   Why I Use Nature

Helping hummingbird 2

I was raised a Preacher’s Daughter.  My Father was in the military and we moved all over the world while I was young.  On our second tour in England, my Father started a Church of Christ in the small village nearby.  After retiring from the Air Force, he went on to complete his Doctorate in Religion and Theology to add to his Masters in Psychology. So I am very familiar with ‘the Book’ and the concepts it teaches.

I married young – at 18 – to a man that was also ‘in the church’.  During my marriage to him, he moved me and our first baby to Boston where we became involved in what I later came to understand was considered a Cult.  So again….in my life I have been very involved in Religion and Organized Religious Beliefs am very, very familiar with the teachings and traditions of men.

Many people who have known me well during all phases of my life ask me why I use Nature so much when I speak of Spiritual things. Animals, plants, the elements of the earth – Nature – is what has helped guide me to re-establish my connection to the Creator of All That Is.  I experienced many different forms of, well, let’s call it negative influences during my ‘religious’ days and I had lost Faith, Hope and Joy in Life itself.  As a result, I find it very difficult to say or hear certain words that are associated with the common religious words used because they act as triggers to dark days for me.

I searched for many years trying to find My Highest Truth in this Human existence and I found that because I love and am drawn to animals and being in nature so much, that is where I find comfort and proof of the Source of All Creation.  Animals teach the many of the same lessons that the Christ taught us (if you will listen) in ways that anyone can understand.  And your Inner Spirit gives guidance. ‘Seek and you shall find’…..I’ve followed those words I never really understood before, and I am finding.  I am now more connected to Spirit than I EVER was in my whole life in the church being spoon-fed what I was supposed to believe.  I am a Spiritual person, and no longer a ‘religious’ one.  To me there is a big difference.

My intention is to complete the book I have been writing on this subject in hopes to help others like me that may have lost Faith or (‘fallen away’ as the church likes to say it) to find their way back to being connected with the Source of All that Is.  My goal is to share the Truth of Life as I see it through different words as Nature herself reveals them to me so that ALL may hear in terminology they can understand – not just the Biblical Scholars.

This blog is a place that I can share – and hear what others may have to share on the subject. I welcome input on Life lessons you have learned and how you learned them, or questions you may have to help you understand as well…..but please refrain from ‘preaching’ to me as my human self will shut it out immediately.

Be at Peace.


{April 10, 2014}   Balancing


They told me it is time to start using my left hand for everything to help relieve the pain.  I am right handed.  Unfortunately I also have a ‘frozen’ right shoulder.  Frozen means that my body thinks there is something bad in that area so it is building up lots of scar tissue to protect that area.  It also means I have very limited range of motion.  I am unable to brush my teeth, blow dry my hair, put on jackets and shirts and other clothing, open doors, reach up into the kitchen cabinet to get a glass down, give a hug to you with my arms around your neck ….with my right hand.

Have you ever tried to use your computer mouse with your left hand if you are right handed?  NOT easy.  Things have become a challenge, but life is full of challenges.

A challenge I am enjoying though is learning to make my Tibetan Bowl sing with my left hand.  It comes so easy and naturally with my right hand and such a beautiful sound rings out.  The first time I ever picked up a singing bowl I was able to make it sing perfectly.  Apparently it’s not an easy thing to do the first few times.  I never knew that though.  Now I am finding out …by having to use my left hand to run the mallet around the lip of the bowl.  The first time I got NO sound!  I thought I might not be able to get any sound and that would be very hard to accept.  But I’m finding it easier and easier and soon I expect my  left hand to be just as good as my right hand.

Facing this challenge has made me have a whole new respect for the importance of being balanced.  There are many ways to be balanced….and balance is essential in life.  The topic of  ‘balance’ is a whole blog of its’ own so we won’t go into it here.  But think about it – if you have never experienced darkness, you don’t know what light is and cannot appreciate it.  Same goes for happiness and sorrow and a host of others.

The great Yogis try to teach us about balance in our lives.  They teach us poses and stretches that you must do equally on each side. Exercise instructors emphasize doing the same amount of weight and reps on each side for balance. We are told to eat a balanced diet and to learn to balance working and time with your family.

Maybe a good exercise to help understand the concept of balance would be to make yourself do things differently than you currently do. Drive home a different way, play with the cat first when you get home instead of the dog.  Eat your cereal with your left hand instead of the right. I’m being forced to out of no other choice, and I am learning a lot.



{April 7, 2014}   ‘Buying’ Time

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Have you ever noticed how sometimes time feels like it is flying by and you wish you had more – and at other times it seems time stands still?

My Mother and I were talking this morning about how interesting the concept of ‘time’ is.  Sometimes it just flies by so fast and leaves you wishing for a little bit longer of a vacation, or a toe curling kiss, or bear hug from your grandchild.  However, when you are doing something that you don’t enjoy, time just drags on so slow, doesn’t it?

Life seems to have become a rush here, rush there, rush everywhere kind of world and no one ever has enough ‘time’.  Time is actually just a human concept.  We don’t have time – really.  The past is gone, the future is not here.  All we have is now.  If you stay present in the Now, you defeat ‘time’ itself.

I discovered this weekend that time ‘stood still’.  I accomplished so much in a relatively small amount of time.  It was really quite amazing.  It happened each day that I was on this retreat getting re-connected with the Source of all that Is. Because each day, rather than let my thoughts drift to work and other obligations, I stayed in the present moment as I let my creative energies flow.

Wow!  I was able to write in my blog several times, completed a bird water color, and a self portrait charcoal drawing…and am about 3/4 of the way done with a flowers in vase acrylic painting!  But wait….there’s more (like on QVC, right?) – I also was able to spend time in meditation, do yoga, sing songs out of a very old Songs of the Church book I borrowed from my Dad, COOK (a miracle for me), go for a hike, sit and listen to the birds, watch the sunset (each day) and read.

That is what I call ‘Buying’ time.  If you stay present in each moment and are fully aware at that moment of your actions and all that Is, in a sense you ‘create or buy’ time.  For some reason, somehow, it magically sort of slows down or stops the clock for you and allows you to accomplish so much more.

Much more than when you are running around like crazy trying to get everything done and still aren’t able to accomplish it all.  All you accomplish by acting in such a way is stressing yourself out, causing dis-ease in your body, resisting against the flow of what Is, and ultimately always feeling like you don’t have enough time.

I don’t know why slowing down and being in the moment allows you to accomplish more – maybe it is Divine intervention.  Maybe it is the natural laws of the Universe.  Maybe it is just individual perspective and attitude.  What I DO know for me personally is that staying present does ‘buy’ me more time.  And time is one thing you cannot ever get back.  ‘Time’ as we humanly know it, once this moment has passed, it is gone.  Forever.  Be focused and present in every single moment…and be amazed by how much more you will ‘live’.


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